A number of years ago we received a calendar from missionaries living in France. The December scripture was taken from this passage in Luke 7: “Dieu a visite son peuple.” As I repeated the verse in faulty French, I remember thinking how much it captured the essence of Christmas—God came to visit his people….

And He never left.

The gospel of Matthew begins with a declaration that He is here: “…they will call his name Immanuel—which means, ‘God with us’” (1:23). Then ends with the same assurance: “… surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (28:20). This profound assertion meets one of man’s most basic needs—knowing we’re not alone in the universe. Christmas, then is a season of hope that Someone is here. The Incarnation lets us see that in the midst of a world increasingly characterized by broken relationships and isolation, there remains a God who is both sovereign and near.

But the message of Christmas goes further, heralding the tidings that incalculable good can emerge from the most unlikely of circumstances. Who would have thought that the Creator of the universe would have come to earth as a baby? Not only a baby, but a poor baby? Jesus is born as the Redeemer who buys the wreckage of our lives and puts us back together.

God has come through Jesus and remains through the Holy Spirit. The most unimaginable has become a tangible reality. It’s cause for celebration!

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Lord, thank you for visiting your people. Thank you for never leaving us. May we become increasingly aware of your presence throughout this season and each and every day of our lives. Amen.

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